Refettorio Felix is a new community kitchen, dining hall and drop-in centre in the former St Cuthbert’s Centre in West London, which provides lunch and other services to individuals in situations of food poverty and social vulnerability. The project was conceived by Food for Soul, a non-profit organisation founded by chef Massimo Bottura, established to empower communities to fight food waste through social inclusion. The Refettorio utilises the knowledge of top chefs to create healthy meals for those living in socially vulnerable conditions using supermarket surplus sourced by the Felix Project.
The aim for the newly renovated interior, by Ilse Crawford and her team at Studioilse, was to create warm, welcoming and beautiful spaces that could bring the community together, and restore a sense of dignity to the table. When Ilse called Vitra to ask if the company could provide assistance by donating chairs, an internal seating project was moved forward so that a shipment of Belleville Chairs could be sent to Refettorio Felix in London.